UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 08: Fans stand at attention during the national anthem prior to the season opening game between the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Disappointing home opener for the New York Islanders, who were welcomed by an energized crowd but appeared to come out flat and nervous, never posing a threat until the second half of the game, already down 2-0. The new-look Panthers helped suck the life out of the building, even leading to boos by the intermissions.
Our in-game thread was here, if you want to relive the pain. Our official recap and link bonanza will be up a little later. But use this thread to issue and react to your "pluses" and "minuses" from the night. I think I know which one gets more.
P.S. Thanks and welcome to our new users since last season, especially those who are here to, oh I don't know, enjoy some hockey.